My Dad has always been an avid reader; he loves books. But there is only one book that I can remember finding him reading every morning when I would come downstairs to the kitchen table, and that is the Bible. He would be sitting there with coffee in hand and his Bible open before him. Now my father is an early riser so I didn’t get to witness this every day, but when I pulled myself out of bed and found him in the kitchen he nearly always had something good to share with me.
I still remember him telling me that when he first started reading Paul’s letters he wasn’t sure he really liked the guy, but through the years he has come to love him and his teachings. This helped me when I began to read through the New Testament myself. My father is a very wise man and it can be directly attributed to his time spent in God’s Word.
My mother had her own spot to read the Bible and that was usually on the couch in the living room, also with coffee in hand. She was not an early riser and at times was still in her pajamas with wild hair. I can picture her very easily and I love the thought of her that way. She would often be taking notes and sometimes would even have tears in her eyes. She spent real time with God.
I am blessed to have been able to have these examples in my life. My encouragement for you today is to be that example to your children in their life. Let them catch you reading the Bible. Let them see you absorbing wisdom from God. When they come near, share a bit of wisdom with them. Talk about how much you love the Word of God and let them see it in your actions. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 it states:
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
In order to get caught in the act, you need to be reading your Bible often. It has to be a priority in your life and in your home. If your children grasp the value of reading God’s Word it will change their lives for eternity. Be the instrument of this teaching; let it saturate how your family lives together. Make the Word of God is as prevalent in your home as the verses above command.